Friday, August 26th 2011
(Avery Brewing Company)
Avery started canning almost a year ago...how time flies. Every time I pass their cans at the beer store I have to ask why some people favor bottles for pure aesthetic reasons. All four of Avery's cans look great and the beers they hold aren't so bad either. I raise my glass to Avery for making the move to cans, to their upcoming canning anniversary and to many more years (and hopefully more beers) in cans. Cheers!
From the Avery site:
"A truly authentic Belgian style wheat or "white" ale, this Rascal is unfiltered (yup, that's yeast on the bottom) and cleverly spiced with coriander and Curacao orange peel producing a refreshingly fruity thirst quencher.”
Here we go...
Pour - cloudy, golden straw color in appearance. Surprisingly opaque - when I pick it up and try and see through it, I can see my fingers blocking the light coming through the glass, but can't see through the beer. Off-white head with tiny bubbles. As this settles it becomes clearer with the head leaving some fine lacing.
Aroma - crisp, with hints of the fruity yeasty smells usually associated with Belgians. The coriander is spicy and definitely stands out. Some sweet citrus aromas as well.
Taste - first thing I notice is the carbonation. It's exceptionally fine, almost foamy across the tongue. Sour citrus flavors along with spicy coriander are upfront with hints of orange coming through towards the end. White Rascal is very thirst quenching and extremely refreshing. Each sip leaves me wanting just one more taste.
Overall - there are a lot of Witbiers available in cans these days and this is definitely one of the best. I like it more than Hoegaarden personally (and yes, even Hoegaarden comes in cans over in Belgium). If you're a fan of this style be sure to try this.
Would I buy more of it? - absolutely. I picked up a few six-packs over the summer as this is a great beer for just having in the fridge or for hanging out on the deck.
Note - three of Avery's four cans are beers that they first put in bottles and continue to do so. Their Joe's Premium American Pilsner, however, was a brand new beer when introduced in cans and it has never been bottled. If you haven't tried it yet be sure to pick some up and give it a shot. It's excellent.
Posted by Russ
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